A Stitch and a Prayer with Thomas Roach

August 7, 2016 - August 13, 2016
Offered by Sorrento Centre
Sorrento BC

Sunday, August 7 – Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Stitch and a Prayer

with Thomas Roach


Ever try to quiet your mind for prayer, but find that your hands fidget?

Perhaps while doing something repetitive or rhythmic with your hands, you have felt more calm or centred?

Come discover ways that setting your hands to work can free your mind for meditation or prayer. This is your invitation to incorporate stitching into your spiritual practice with a toolbox drawn from the textile arts.

Drawing inspiration from the natural world, you will learn simple stitches, dyes and other techniques that you can repeat at home. A series of exercise and samples will help point the way to understanding your own relationship between hand and mind.

All stitching is based on simple running stitches so that you need not have any previous experience with sewing or dyeing.

A $25 materials fee is payable on the first day.


THOMAS ROACH taught himself to sew at age six because he couldn’t draw. Many years later he is still stitching and working with textiles. His art seeks connection to the sacred through the use of natural dyes and stitch.

Thomas is currently mentoring a community art project at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver that practices stitching as a medium for prayer. He also designs church vestments, consults with parishes about use of liturgical space and is a proud graduate of the Textile Arts program at Capilano University.



Course fee: $310

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